A Belper care home celebrated its 10th Anniversary this month with a masquerade ball. Spencer Grove Care Home, part of the Milford Care Group, opened in 2009 and was quickly recognised for its spacious layout and design as it was awarded “Best Healthcare Development” at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards.
The home, which is located close to Belper town centre, hosted its own masquerade ball to celebrate providing high quality care in the local area for the last ten years. The event, which was attended by over 50 guests, including the Mayor of Amber Valley, Belper Councillors, employees, residents and their families, was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the achievements the home has made since opening.
Angela Ward, Mayor of Amber Valley Borough Council said, “Thank you so much for inviting me to share Spencer Grove Care Home’s 10th Anniversary. What an amazing and innovative way to celebrate with a Masquerade Ball theme allowing staff, guests, residents and their families to join in and spend a most enjoyable evening in such beautiful surroundings.
“Having chatted with some of the residents, I was informed that Spencer Grove has had other theme evenings that have also been brilliant, but most of all they had the upmost praise for the home and its friendly staff.”
On the night, residents and guests enjoyed a buffet style meal with plenty of cheese, olives and nibbles. There was a full cocktail bar installed and the residents thoroughly enjoyed the tipples. Entertainment included Constantine the magician followed by a presentation to staff who have been with Spencer Grove since it opened.
Donna Annable, care home manger, who has been with the home since the day the doors opened, said “It was an amazing night. We’ve had so many proud moments over the last ten years, and this is another one to add to the list – which already includes having winners at the Great British Care Awards and maintaining the Derbyshire End Of Life Award for six years.”
Donna has seen many changes at Spencer Grove since it opened in 2009 but its core philosophy has remained the same. The atmosphere of the home is friendly and inclusive, and the team works hard to make every day positive, worthwhile and meaningful.
Spencer Grove has a good reputation in the local area and staff and residents regularly take part in local events including the Belper Arts Trail and Belper Well Dressings. The home regularly opens its doors to the publics and at Christmas even put on its own pantomime production.
“We’ve come a long way since we first opened the doors in Belper and welcomed our first residents.” added Donna.
“The technology has to be the main change. We have moved from all paper systems to everything now being electronic -and considering there wasn’t even a computer at my school I think my computer skills have come a long way. I could literally work for NASA now!”
“I’m often asked why I’ve stayed at Spencer Grove all this time and people say “don’t you get bored?” – my reply is you could never be bored as no two days are ever the same.
“The greatest pleasure in this job is seeing positive person-centred care and the benefits this gives to our residents. In my time here we’ve had residents who have come in fully hoisted and, due to the level of care and dedication they have received, have improved, gaining back their mobility and moved from high level nursing to low level residential care and a couple have even returned home!”
“I couldn’t predict what will happen in the next ten years, but we will continue to bring quality care to those we look after and hopefully I’ll be retired!”
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